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Anton O'Toole RIP


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Dublin football legend Anton O'Toole has sadly passed away after an illness. He was 68.

The Templeogue Synge Street clubman was an integral part of Kevin Heffernan's successful Dublin teams of the 1970s and 1980s.

Nickmamed 'The Blue Panther' - Anton O'Toole won 4 All Ireland senior medals.  After making his debut in 1972, he started at corner forward for the Dubs in the 1974 All-Ireland Final, when the Metropolitans defeated Galway in the decider at Croke Park.

O'Toole was a part of Dublin's great rivalry with Kerry that arguably revived Gaelic Football.

He was a member of the panel that won the Sam Maguire Cup in 1976 when the Boys in Blue beat Kerry in a thrilling final.

The Dubs would lower Kerry's colours again a year later in the semi-final, before easily getting the better of Armagh in the 1977 final.

O'Toole's last All Ireland win was achieved in 1983, as Heffernan's '12 Apostles' overcame Galway in a bad-tempered affair.

He made his last appearance for Dublin in the Centenary final of 1984 when Kerry came out on top.

Anton O'Toole's friend has Roy Curtis paid this tribute:

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